Well, hello there. I've spent the past couple days battling the flu and I haven't been up for much more than napping and ugly crying at Call the Midwife. So let's see what everyone else has been up to. Starting with this Parisian apartment designed by Laura Gonzalez. It's an absolute stunner.
Just about a year ago, Edward and I decided to check out a little old house in Church Hill more or less on a whim. As much as we'd both loved living in the Fan, we were ready to try something new, and Church Hill was (and is) growing like crazy and looked too fun to pass up. The prospect of buying was more than a little intimidating, but one visit to a sad rental house with an utterly sleazy landlord made the choice easier.
So today I'm sharing a bit of the progress we've made in the months since. We'll start in the living room, which is the first room you see when you come into the house. Like most of the rooms, it's decorated with plenty of of thrifted items and plenty of metals. Unlike the other rooms, we kept the color palette pretty neutral. I suppose not every room in the house can be dark and dramatic.
It's getting to the point in the season where it's cool enough to leave the windows open at night. This is, hands down, one of my favorite things about fall (along with dark nail polish, capes, and loafers). So to celebrate, let's make sure our bedrooms are the perfect cozy sanctuary.
I mean, duh. But getting into a bed with cool, crisp sheets is the best thing ever, so I thought it was worth mentioning this most obvious of bedding essentials.
We always keep a throw over our bed to protect it from dog fur (I can't be the only one who makes decor decisions based on this, can I?), and the added warmth is a definite bonus these days. I'm loving anything that reminds me of preppy fall sweaters, like cable knit, stripes, and plaid.
Because here's nothing cozy about overhead lighting.
Plum & Bow Alba sconce / Faceted stone lamp / Concrete lamp / Dean marble lamp /
Bronze and aged brass lamp
Something plush and furry to make getting out of bed slightly more enjoyable. Sheepskin rugs are great for layering if you already have a rug under your bed.
Indoor plants keep a bit of life in the house year round, and clean the air as a bonus. This Sydney Hale Co. Sea Salt & Bay Rum candle is one of my favorite non-florals (and a local company to boot), which makes it perfect for fall (just please blow it out before you sleep). Add a catchall, water carafe, and a good book, and you have the perfect night stand setup.
For all the color we have throughout the rest of the house, our bedroom is pretty neutral. We have black, white, gray, and metallics. Any color in the room comes from the art on the walls and the jewelry I leave strung about. Eventually I'd like to replace our dresser and bed with something a little less heavy (maybe some wood to warm up the gray and white) but it works for the moment. The walls here are Wickham Gray, which is what we painted the living room as well, because it's just a lovely cool gray. The photos above the dresser are from our honeymoon in Italy, and I'd like to three or six more photos framed and hung above these to add some vertical interest. One of these days, I'll get around to showing you the ugliest ceiling fan on the east coast (currently whirring above our bed), but it's Monday and I don't want to distress you all.
Welcome! I'm Arielle, and this is Scotch & Nonsense. Whether you've come for the home projects, the recipes, or the cocktails, I'm thrilled you're here and I hope you'll stay a bit.